Adairsville council approves lower millage rate
by Neil B. McGahee
Aug 15, 2014 | 1027 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At the Aug. 14 meeting, the Adairsville City Council enacted the entire agenda of items discussed at Tuesday’s work session, including a rollback in the city’s millage rate from 3.640 mills to 3.631 mills.

City Manager Pam Madison had previously noted, “We had a slight increase in property taxes, so we rolled back the millage rate to offset the property values.”

The council voted unanimously to adopt the new millage rate. The council also approved a mid-year amendment to the 2014 budget.

“This basically re-prioritizes the city’s capital program,” Madison explained. “We aren’t adding or subtracting funds. We are moving them around to items in the budget that require more immediate attention such as purchases of new equipment or changes in capital programs.”

Madison said a similar amendment would probably be needed at the end of the year.

Two resolutions authorizing Adairsville voters to decide if they want Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages — both retail package sales and on-premises consumption — passed unanimously. Madison said Resolution No. 14-0016 regulating package sales of malt beverages and wine on Sunday and Resolution No. 14-0017 regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption on Sunday would appear on the November general election ballot.

The council also approved a resolution establishing appointments to City of Adairsville advisory boards, establishing advisory board policies and authorizing the city manager to contract for required training for the boards.

“We have the Adairsville Development Authority, the Downtown Development Authority, the Housing Authority, the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Library Board, to name a few,” Madison said. “Some of the board members have moved away or don’t live in an area required to serve on a board, so we need to restate and redefine the terms of selection for these boards.”

In other business, the council:

• Adopted the Historic Preservation Ordinance.

• Approved the Urban Redevelopment Plan for the Georgia Highway 140 corridor.

• Authorized the city manager to amend job descriptions as necessary to implement reorganization.

• Authorized staff to receive bids for resurfacing tennis courts at Rex Moncus Park.

• Noted for the record the replacement of two air conditioner units in the Adairsville Rail Depot.

• Authorized a contract with Advanced Electrical Systems for repairs to the gazebo and rail depot not to exceed $27,000.

The Adairsville City Council’s next work session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Adairsville Rail Depot. The next regular meeting will be held two days later, Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Adairsville Rail Depot.